Christmas comes in April in the Kooteneys

Apr 19, 2006
by Tyler Maine  
Damn it feels like Christmas! I received the call from Greyhound; quickly I became light headed, and then I was off to the depot to pick up my new ride.

6 Stella tall cans later the bike was built, polished and tuned. Everything went together like clockwork. Fresh from the box this bike feels like a dream. If you have never ridden a Santa Cruz bike, then find your closest dealer, and test ride one of these beauties. I can guarantee that you won’t want to give it back.

This year’s steed is none other than a fully loaded Santa Cruz V10. Back at the New Years, Tyler asked me “what would be your dream race bike, something that will make you faster as a racer?” The first thing that came to mind was the V10. This bike has a solid reputation for being a true world-class race bike. In a few weeks time I'll be heading to Europe to race this bad boy on the World Cup circuit. Throughout my travels you will read reviews of the V10’s performance, various product reviews of the gear that I’m using and first hand racer highlights.

Loud and clear shout outs go to Radek and Tyler, my two homeboys at for setting me up with the nicest, smoothest and sexiest bike a guy could dream of. Your support and generosity has left me with the highest respect for you both.

My highly respectable supporters have generously supplied me with the following products:

Pinkbike/Santa Cruz:

Santa Cruz V10
RockShox Boxxer World Cup
Fox DHX 5.0 rear shock
Chris King head set
DT Swiss D6.1 wheel set
Sram X.O full drive train
Tru Vativ Hussafeller cranks
Thompson seat post
SDG Belair Ti saddle (animal print of course)

Magura USA:

Gustav brakes

NRG Enterprises:

MRP Chain guide
Cromag handle bar and stem
Maxxis rubber
Cliff Bars and shots

Outdoor Gear Canada:

Adidas Hematoma shoes

Smith Optics
Dainese armor
Troy Lee Designs helmet
Freeride Entertainment
Mom and Dad Chambers

None of my world travels would be happening without the extremely generous financial support of Trevor and Susan Giles of Maat Capital Investment. Hats off to you both.

Stay tuned in these upcoming months for stories of my World Cup adventures; it should be a hell of a summer!

My shout outs:


So you want to live in beautiful Nelson BC do you? Well here is your chance. I am looking for a highly skilled, very experience bike mechanic that can fill my shoes. I am currently the head tech at Gerick’s Cycles in Nelson. With my absence this summer, I have left the shop without a head tech. If you are a worthy opponent for this position, then forward your resume’s to with the attention “Derek’s Job”.

This is a great shop and a beautiful town to live in. So here is your chance to live and work in paradise.

Editors note:
Last season we introduced you to Nelson BC's boy, Derek Chambers. Derek had a good season on his bikes both on and off the race courses. This year Derek wanted to really give top level DH racing a go and found a financial advisor to aid him in his pursuit for financial aid, and planning out a whole year of racing. We are onboard again this year as Derek's media outlet and bike supplier. He will be bringing you tales from the road and the WC events for as long as his money keeps him out there. Here's to having a great season buddy!


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